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David Bowie - Sound and Vision 2013
August 15 2013


Sound and Vision 2013

And the latest instalment in the 40th Anniversary singlesâ campaign, 7â picture disc of Sorrow

On October 7th Parlophone Records will release a new mix of David Bowieâs truly iconic single Sound and Vision.

Sound and Vision 2013 is a beautifully haunting reimagining of the song, re-worked from the original stems by remixer Sonjay Prabhakar. By stripping away much of the original instrumentation to just leave Roy Youngâs plaintive piano, Mary Hopkinâs backing vocal and the lead vocal, the song takes on a new reflective resonance, and the mix helps to further show the musical genesis that is David Bowie.

The remix was commissioned to soundtrack celebrated director Tarsem Singhâs advertising campaign for Sonyâs Xperia⢠Z smartphone. Known for his trademark colour-saturated and vibrant visual style, Singh began his career in music video, making his name with his award-winning video to R.E.M.âs âLosing My Religionâ, going on to make his film directorial debut with the visually striking The Cell (2000) as well as The Fall (2006), Immortals (2011) and most recently Mirror Mirror (2012).

Sound and Vision originally appeared on David Bowieâs groundbreaking album Low (released 14th January 1977) and was released as a single in the UK on 11th February, reaching number 3 on the UK Singles Chart (charting at #69 on the US Billboard Chart). The single is considered one of Bowieâs, if not one of the best pop songs of all time. Sound and Vision 2013 and the original Sound and Vision will both be available to digitally download from October 7th.

Following the success of the Life On Mars 40th anniversary 7â picture disc, on October 14th Parlophone Records will release a 40th anniversary 7â picture disc of David Bowieâs Sorrow. Originally released in October 1973, Sorrow was Bowieâs inimitable take on The MerseyBeatsâ version of the song (originally released by The McCoys). The single reached number 3 in UK, staying in the charts for 15 week, and also appeared on Bowieâs 1973 covers album, Pin Ups. Bowieâs version is an exceptional interpretation of a great song, so successful it has superseded the original and become THE definitive version.

It will be available as a double A-side single, backed with a rare live version of Sorrow recorded at the Pacific National Coliseum, Vancouver, from Davidâs hugely successful Serious Moonlight Tour on 12th September 1983. The single was mastered by Ray Staff at AIR Mastering.